Sunday, January 15, 2006

Granny flat

"Granny flats" have a long history as a type of residence for widowed older women, and the name may have originated in England or Ireland. Typically, these have been apartments adjoining a family home or another apartment, but some may be trailers or prefabricated homes set on a property near the residence of the widow's children.
Recently "Granny flats" have gained official recognition in such nations as France and Australia, where the type of residence involved is a prefab, one-bedroom unit that can be put in the yard adjoining the nearby home. The French government is now providing price subsidies to help develop, promote, and sell Granny flats.
James, T. M. "The Elderly in America," in Aging, Goldstein, E. C., ed. Vol. 2, Art. 81. Boca Raton, Fl.: Social Issues Resource Series, Inc., 1981.

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